For real this time, the “Hocus Pocus” fandom is getting another taste of the world they love so.
It’s a tried-and-true Halloween tradition for so many of us: the annual viewing of the spell-casting movie Hocus Pocus. For about a decade, fans have been clamoring for a Hocus Pocus sequel. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy said years ago that they’d be willing to do another movie. It’s been a veritable roller coaster of suspicion and rumor that another movie would ever happen. And finally, we’re kinda getting our wish. A TV movie.
But alas, this isn’t the sequel to the cult classic for which so many fans have petitioned. Instead, it will be a re-imagining of the original film. Mick Garris (who co-wrote 1993’s Hocus Pocus) spoke of the project in a recent interview with Forbes.
Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) is up to write the new movie. David Kirschner (An American Tail, The Addams Family) produced the 1993 movie and is also on board to executive produce the new project. An entirely new (so far unknown) cast will be in the TV remake. As far as we know, Midler, Parker, nor Najimy will be reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters. That doesn’t mean we can’t keep our fingers crossed for a cameo or at least an Easter egg! Kenny Ortega, the film’s original director, also isn’t attached to the new movie, and there’s no mention of when Disney Channel will be releasing it.
Now, this may not be the news fans were hoping to hear. However, with remakes all the rage right now and Hocus Pocus being such a beloved movie, Disney should have more than enough motivation to go above and beyond in this new adaptation. It will also introduce a new generation of fans to an amazing story. As they don’t let any silliness run amok (amok amok amok), I personally have high hopes for this remake.
But, what about you, my fellow witches? Do you find it quite lovely or does it make you sick? Let us know in the comments!